WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A videotaped burial ceremony in Indonesia attracted attention on social media after the deceased appeared to be waving from the coffin.
- The video incited panic and fear that the person was buried alive.
- The incident where the deceased moved inside the coffin was simply a case of rigor mortis, field experts say.
A recorded burial ceremony in Indonesia incited fear and panic after the deceased appeared to be waving to mourners from inside the coffin.
The video shows the people gathered for the funeral in Manado City on May 5, about the time the priest reads prayers during the service. The camera zooms in on the coffin and an outline of what appears to be a hand is seen moving under the glass panel of the coffin, the Sun reported.
“God has said in the Book of John, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, he will live even though he is dead,’” the priest said.
The incident had gone unnoticed at the time and the ceremony went on as planned. It was only when the video was shared on social media that others pointed out that the corpse appears to touch the glass of the coffin, or moves his hand to wave at the people outside, the outlet reported.
“Yes, he waved, maybe he was still alive and try to dig his way out,” one person wrote.
The theory that the deceased was still alive during the funeral was discredited after experts explained that the incident was simply a case of rigor mortis.
Researchers at Central Queensland University in Australia explain that this condition is the stiffening of the body during later stages of decomposition after death. Rigor mortis can cause human remains to change their position without any external assistance.
Source: New York Post